The Whole Package: Tempting Travel Deals

Costa Rica | Doubletree Cariari by Hilton

Have an eco-adventure in one of the world’s greenest countries with the Turubari Magical Package, which includes accommodations at Costa Rica’s Doubletree Cariari by Hilton, a daily breakfast buffet for two, and a day tour for two at Turubari Park, where you can choose two activities – a canopy tour, a cable car ride or a horseback ride. The park also offers bird watching with 150 bird species, a butterfly farm, crocodile pond and an iguana zoo, among other features.

Prices are friendly for the green in your wallet too, starting at only $149 per night for double occupancy for a minimum of three nights, not including a 16.39 percent tax.. The package is available until Dec. 31, 2009. For reservations, contact the hotel directly at or call 011.506.2239.0022 and request the Turubari Magical Package.

Madrid, Spain | Hotel Ritz

If art’s the heart of all your vacations, check out the Hotel Ritz Madrid’s Art in Madrid package. Tickets to the Thyssen Museum, Centro de Arte Reina Sofia and the renowned Prado Museum are included with a two night stay in a classic room, welcome amenities, a bottle of cava, roundtrip private limo airport transfers, an art guide to the Prado, afternoon tea and a three course dinner at Ritz’s Goya Restaurant (you pay for the sangria). The location is within walking distance to many of the world’s best art collections. Packages start at approximately $1,142 and are valid until Dec. 23, 2009, though prices may fluctuate due to currency changes. For more information on Hotel Ritz Madrid and to book, visit, or call Orient-Express Hotels at 1.800. 237.1236.

Puerto Vallarta, Mexico | CasaMagna Marriott Puerto Vallarta Resort & Spa

If some springtime rejuvenation is part of your getaway plan, CasaMagna Marriott Puerto Vallarta Resort & Spa is featuring a pampering new package called Escape Relaxation. Though the name seems to imply you’d be fleeing from your chill out time, it actually consists of two treatments of choice at the Ohtli Spa plus two passes to the wellness areas of the spa, gymnasium and indoor pool. Sweat out the stress with two complimentary fitness classes and tuck in at night in a newly renovated deluxe room. The price might be more of a stress buster than the spa’s Sensorial Swedish Massage – rates for the package start at just $179 per night for a four night stay through Dec. 18, 2009. For reservations, call 1.888.PARADISE or visit and use rate code ZJ1.

Photo Credit: Mike Toy, copyright 2008


The Caribbean is calling, and Barbados is offering one heck of a deal. Dubbed the Best of Barbados, this year’s package features an air credit of up to $300 per person, the first night’s accommodations free, gratis daily breakfast, a Barbados Gourmet Card (offering 25 percent off participating restaurants per booking) and a $100 pre-loaded debit card for island splurging and more. Slight catches: There’s a seven night minimum stay at European Plan hotels or a five night minimum stay at all-inclusives, and you’ll need to book through a travel agent. Book between June 8 and July 3, 2009 for travel between June 8 through July 15, 2009 or Sept. 1 through Dec. 18, 2009 to take advantage of this offer. Further information on the 2009 Best of Barbados package and a list of participating hotels, restaurants and attractions can be found at or by calling the Barbados Tourism Authority at 1.800. 221.9831. For reservations and package prices, contact your preferred travel agent.

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